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Senators prospect QMJHL's best

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
Mike Hoffman of the Saint John Sea Dogs, an Ottawa Senators prospect, has been named most valuable player and most sportsmanlike player by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Hoffman shows off the trophies he received at the league's annual Golden Puck Awards Gala (QMJHL photo).
Mike Hoffman's splendid season just keeps getting better.


The Ottawa Senators prospect cleaned up in a major way Wednesday night at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's annual Gold Puck Awards gala in Montreal. And he made a little bit of Saint John Sea Dogs history along the way.

Hoffman took home both the Michel Briere Trophy as the league's most valuable player — a first for the Sea Dogs franchise — and the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the most sportsmanlike player in the QMJHL. He was also named to the league's first all-star team, making him the first Saint John player to achieve that distinction as well.

It was a banner season indeed for the Sea Dogs and the 20-year-old Hoffman, a native of Kitchener, Ont., who was a fifth-round selection (130th overall) by the Senators in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Hoffman racked up 85 points, including 46 goals, in 56 games this season and had a plus-38 rating.

"Mike has demonstrated this year that he is one of the better players in junior hockey by winning the MVP award," said Pierre Dorion, the Senators' director of player personnel. "He is tremendously skilled with a top-end shot and release and the ability to generate offence with his skills."

Hoffman's exploits helped lead Saint John to a 53-12-3 record — tops in the QMJHL — that included a 22-game winning streak, the third-longest in league history. The Sea Dogs open a second-round playoff series against the Gatineau Olympiques on Friday night at Harbour Station in Saint John.

In 2008-09, Hoffman totalled 52 goals and 94 points for the Drummondville Voltigeurs, who went on to represent the QMJHL at the Memorial Cup in Rimouski, Que. He added another 21 goals and 34 points during the Volts' run to the league playoff crown.



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